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Christmas Keepsakes

Christmas cards are a waning tradition and, nowadays, those that feature photos of kids also include the whole family, plus the dog, grouped in cable-knit sweaters and tuques, perched on logs around a camp fire. 510 more words

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The Real ‘Spirit’ of Christmas

Twas the days before Christmas when all through the house

Decorations were hanging, so I turned to my spouse

“I’ve hung all the stockings and boughs, with great glee… 560 more words

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Carding The Family

In my household we still mail cards at Christmas. I have to admit we buy only Chinese cheapos. You’ll have seen the type: jolly holly and glittering tanenbaums, super-quaint cottages that can’t possibly exist, and mufflered carolers under candle lanterns in heavily outdated clothing. 452 more words

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Aunt Nettie's Cottage

In the quiet of the night I awoke to musical notes dancing over my bed. I strained to hear them as they faded. This was not a sound from the twenty first century. 750 more words

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A story of perseverance in tweaking poetry

The name Homer Lipshitz doesn’t ring a bell for most of us, but he turned out to be quite famous. Born in the Bronx to a Cockney mother and American father, he started writing poetry when he was a child. 192 more words

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Past Imperfect

Could she have tried harder?

Her expectations were naive

With intent or innocence

He made her cry

Splintered hopes

A mosaic of broken tiles

The abandoned girl inside… 34 more words

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A new memory…the bloody killings that set us free

More than a century, the poppy still red,

Reminding of us, of those that fought, now dead.

Can we not celebrate them? These women and men, 524 more words

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